Staff & Town Councillors

New council pic to follow in due course

 

Town Clerk – Mrs Claire Binnington

Deputy Town Clerk – Miss Rachael Parker

Tidy Team – Mr Chris Brotherton and Mr Andy Wilson

 

 

CLLR MARK BLAKESTON

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Personnel, CCTV, Environment, Events & Property & Assets

DTC Delegate: Chair of the Canal Steering Group, Driffield Partnership (sub), CCMC (sub)

Chair of the DTC Mortimer’s Warehouse Heritage Project.

Chair of the DTC Community Led Housing Project

Patron of the Yorkshire Wolds Railway.

Driffield Agricultural Society member & Driffield Show Steward

Mayor of Driffield (2016/17).

With my roots in Driffield and the Wolds, I care about Driffield and always strive to promote the Town and the Wolds area in everything I do.  I take my role on Driffield Town Council seriously because I’ve come to know, first hand, that through commitment and involvement in various committees and working groups, positive progress can be made for the benefit of all residents.

As the town grows, I’m keen that services are retained/developed in-line. In particular, I’ve been vocal in ensuring that the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group are aware of the need for continued support of local health services in Driffield with focus on the Alfred Bean hospital and 8 to 8 service. Equally, I believe there is a need ensure Driffield is on the map as a place visitors want to come – the Mortimer’s Warehouse Heritage project is key to this, creating a focal point for the community and a helping to boost the visitor economy.

Cllr Paul Rounding

CLLR PAUL ROUNDING

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: CCTV, Property & Assets, Events

DTC Delegate: Driffield Partnership Board, Community Centre Management Committee, Driffield Youth Action, Driffield Twinning Association

CLLR PHIL STOCKER

Ward:  North Ward – Co=opted June 2019

Committees:  Planning

Delegate:  ERNLLCA

CLLR MATTHEW GARRARD

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted June 2019

Committees:  CCTV

I have lived in Driffield for over thirty years and is the place I call home.

I think we are a great town with a great community.

I have a passion as a town councillor to see our town have a strong social and economic future and I will work hard with my other town councillors to bring this about.

Over the next few years as our town grows through several housing developments, I think we need to be at the forefront to make sure that our health and community services are kept in-line with a growing population.

Away from being a town councillor, I love spending time with my family and friends as well as watching the odd football match.

Great Driffield is a great town with a great future.

 

Cllr Joyce Fletcher

CLLR JOYCE FLETCHER

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees:  Personnel, CCTV, Allotments, Environment, Market, Property & Assets

DTC Delegate: Driffield Youth Action, ERNLLCA

I have represented South West ward for the past 16 years.  During this time I have taken a very active role on various committees.  These include the Market, Events, CCTV and Friends of North End Park committees.

I will continue to encourage the council to embark on further projects to support the economic vitality of the town.

I feel we as a council should promote facilities for the youth of our town.  they are our future and I am on the committee of both the Driffield Skate and BMX Park and Driffield Youth Action.

Driffield is a great place to work, rest and play.  My three grown up children and their families all live here, so I have an added interest in promoting Driffield for my grandchildren and all future generations.

Cllr Matt Rogers

CLLR MATT ROGERS (DEPUTY MAYOR)

Ward: North Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Planning, Allotments, Market, Events, Property & Assets

DTC Delegate:  Canal Steering Group

Originating from the East Riding of Yorkshire (Bridlington), I grew up in rural North Yorkshire in Ryedale, so have very firm roots within the countryside, with strong agricultural connections. I moved to Driffield with my job, having worked in education for a number of years. I run a small holding on the edge of Driffield which helps keep my hand in with my passion for agriculture and the countryside and I am the landlord of The Original Keys in Market Place.

Being part of Driffield Town Council means a great deal to me, because I feel that being part of the decision making for this great town is an important role and should not be taken lightly. Our town needs people to help guide and push forward, develop and create a Driffield ready to evolve for the next generation.

Town councillors do their best for this town and people will agree or disagree with our policies and the decisions which are being made, but this is all part of the fun. Local governance does not have to be dull and boring and I appeal to people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get involved and become part of Driffield Town Council when positions become available.

CLLR GILLIAN HELLIWELL

Ward: North Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Planning, Allotments, Environment, Market, Events, Property & Assets, Grievance

DTC Delegate: Driffield Canal Steering Group, Transport Champion

 

 

CLLR KEVIN MCLEOD

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted June 2019

I moved to Driffield with my family in December 2000 and since then I have lived and worked in the town as owner and proprietor of Pet Paradise in George Street.

Prior to this, I worked for 21 years with a major defence contractor as Principal Manufacturing Engineer having started in the company as an apprentice straight from school.

I am married to Tracey, my wife of 35 years, who works as a staff nurse in Bridlington Hospital and have three daughters and five grandchildren who all live within in the East Riding region.

I recently stood as an independent candidate in the local council elections campaigning on supporting local businesses and the regeneration and redevelopment of the high street and brownfield sites within the town with a view to encouraging new business investment and the development of affordable housing and facilities in line with the needs of Driffield’s growing population.

Through my own research and discussions on social media, I gained some insight into several of the ongoing projects, challenges and other issues facing the town at this time and hope to bring some of my knowledge, skills and life experiences from both my current experience as a business owner and from my former career as an engineer to the role of town councillor in helping to contribute and give something back to the community that has been my home for the best part of 20 years.

Committees:  CCTV, Market

Cllr Kevin Stack

CLLR KEVIN STACK

Ward: South – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Planning, Events, Grievance

DTC Delegate:  None

CLLR AMANDA CROFT (MAYOR)

Ward: South West Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: As Mayor Amanda is ex-officio on all committees apart from Personnel and Grievance

DTC Delegate: Driffield Children’s Centre, as Mayor President of the Driffield Twinning Association

Being part of Driffield Town Council was something that I was interested in from a young age. I started volunteering with my local youth group and worked alongside the town council when I was a teen to make decisions on things from a young persons perspective. I later went on to study Youth Work and Community Development as a degree and it was through this my passion grew. Living in the heart of Leeds for 3 years gave me a great insight into other cultures and communities, but my heart belonged to Driffield so I returned in 2013.

This will be my 5th year on Driffield Town Council. It hasn’t been easy the past few years, but I am positive that as a council we are making good decisions and doing what we can with the little budget and ‘power’ that we have.

I am part of the Market, Events and Driffield Youth Action committees and will help with the tidy ups in the town and North End park when I can.

I started a new job in the New Year for the NHS as an Early Intervention Children’s Mental Health Practitioner, previous to this I was a Youth and Family Support Practitioner for 5 years with ERYC. Both jobs have given me a great insight to what the local families want and need and I will take this experience into the chambers and advocate for them wherever I can.

I am proud of our little town, and want it to be the best it can be for the next generation. I think it’s important to focus on the positive’s we have and do, rather the pointing out things which are mostly out of our control; for example pot holes and empty buildings.

Thankyou for your continued support.

CLLR CATH SCARLETT

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted June 2019

Committees:  CCTV, Environment, Market

Delegate:  Driffield Children’s Centre, Yorkshire Coast Rail Partnership

CLLR GEORGINA LUCAS

Ward: South West Ward – uncontested 2019

Committees:  Personnel, Planning, Environment, Allotments, Property & Assets

DTC Delegate:  None

I have lived in Driffield my whole life.  I am proud of our town.  My family all live in and around Driffield and have been supportive of me in many aspects including my council duties.  I worked my way through the local schools and after trying my hand at several different jobs, I now work in Cranswick for a successful business and have been there for 14 years.

Outside of the council and work, my interests are walking, reading and archery.  I am the chairman of my local archery club, Wolds Archers, which is based in Brandesburton.  I have been shooting for around 5 years now and find it a very rewarding sport.

I am now in my third term on the Driffield  Town Council.  I look forward to another 4 years of hard work and dedication, all with the aim to make Driffield a town that everyone can be as proud of as I am.

 

CLLR SIMON STARRETT

Ward: South Ward – Uncontested 2019

Committees: Personnel, Events, Market

DTC Delegate:  Driffield Youth Action

Cllr Spencer Fletcher

CLLR SPENCER FLETCHER

Ward:  West Ward – Co-Opted July 2019

CLLR TOM WATSON

Ward: North Ward – Elected Uncontested 2019

Committees: Planning, Environment, Grievance

I have lived in Driffield and surrounding villages all my life. My family live here and the Watson side of the family have farmed in the area for generations, so I feel I have a strong connection with the area – it’s basically where I feel at home.

As a town councillor I have an opportunity to make a difference to people locally, and try and champion local causes at higher levels and try and change things for the better.

It saddens me to see land and buildings in the town degrading into ruin. With the lack of social housing and local people priced out of the housing market, it seems ridiculous we can’t use these buildings to help solve these issues. As a Town Council we must keep pressure on the owners of land and buildings being left unoccupied so they can be transformed into something good for the town.

I always like to look forward, and I also care deeply about the environment. Our town has to be ready for the challenges of climate change and be at the forefront of change. I have been heavily involved with Electric Vehicle charging coming to Driffield and will push for more charging infrastructure in the town.

As well as looking forward, we have to face the environmental issues happening right now on our doorsteps. I’m against fracking, and will continue to fight against it.

I believe in social justice and equality, being in a minority group myself I know how hard life can be sometimes, so I will always help in the struggle for an equal society.

Driffield is a special place, a lovely town and community filled with people who want the best for it. There is always room to improve and develop but we must be mindful as to keep our market town charming and distinctive. I will champion local businesses so the town can be the best it can be, offer residents a diverse array of opportunities to drive the towns economy and bring people to the town from further afield.

Ultimately, I want to improve Driffield for the better, for the residents that live here and for the people that visit and contribute to the local economy. It’s my home town and I’m passionate about making it a nicer place for everyone.

Please get in touch if you have any issues you wish to raise.

Cllr Tom’s email:  cllrtwatson@driffieldtowncouncil.gov.uk

CLLR ANDREW COLEMAN

“I believe Driffield and the Wolds is a wonderful place to live, work and bring up a family.

 

As a member of Driffield Town Council I will work to see the town thrives and continues to serve the needs of its people and surrounding villages whilst maintaining its identity and character.”

Ward:  West Ward – Co-opted July 2019